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ARC-8 Broadcast Mixer

ARC-8 Broadcast Mixer

The ARC-8 is a small, fixed format broadcast radio mixer by US manufacturer Arrakis Systems. This compact mixer offers a wealth of features usually reserved for mixers costing twice the price making it ideal for small scale radio studios, outside broadcasts or production areas.

The ARC-8 is an eight channel mixer with two dual input channels giving a total of ten inputs. What makes it unusual for a mixer in this price bracket is that inputs can be either balanced or unbalanced making it compatible with all professional audio equipment and reducing the risk of RF interference. Add to this monitor cuts (when the mic channels are active), switching for an external 'mic live' light, built in USB audio, a clean feed (for using a TBU) and a balanced output channel and you have a whole lot of mixer for less than £1000.

It is also a very simple mixer to operate making it ideal for beginners and experienced broadcasters alike. 

Optional Bluetooth Module

You can also specify an optional Bluetooth module for the ARC-8 adding the ability to pair any bluetooth device to the mixer for audio playback or for mobile telephony. No need for an expensive hybrid or fixed phoneline, simply pair your phone to the desk and route calls directly to air through the ARC-8!

Part Number: P3587 (Optional Bluetooth Module)

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Key features include:

  • 2 Microphone channels (with optional phantom power input)
  • 6 Stereo balanced or unbalanced channels
  • Total of 8 stereo inputs available
  • Mix minus available for connecting external telephone hybrids
  • Built in USB audio for PC playback/record
  • Monitors mute when the microphone channels are active
  • Logic output for switching 'mic live' lights
  • Balanced & unbalanced output channel
  • Simple, clear LED meters
  • Cue bus on stereo channels
  • Compact design (48 x 30 x 5 cm)
  • Robust construction 

The optional Bluetooth module adds the following functions:

  • Pair mobile phone to make and receive calls through the mixer
  • Play audio from paired audio device

8 Channels - 10 Inputs. Analog Console. Affordable & Powerful.

8 Channels - with 8 channels and 10 inputs, you can connect all the essentials. 7 Line In inputs allows you to connect to CD players, mp3 players and other analog sources.

Mic Channels - 2 mic channels with optional 48V phantom power.

LED VU Meters - with accurate VU ballistics, for the Program bus.

Built Tough - professional throughout. The 0.059" steel chassis is extremely

strong and well finished with two part epoxy paint.

No More RF - has balanced inputs & outputs for use in high RF environments.


1 Stereo output buses. Program with mono mixdown.

Active balanced - All outputs & inputs are active balanced.

Stereo or Mono - Both stereo & mono outputs for 1 output bus.

Listen - Monitor & 1/8" Headphone output.

Inputs Types

(STANDARD WITH ALL MODELS, unless otherwise noted)

2 Mic Channel - Two mic channels are included on the ARC-8 to support a Host and Guest talk show in the main control room itself. The channel Two mic can also be remoted to a separate announce booth if desired.

Stereo Line level Channel - Channels 3-7 are stereo, line level input channels appropriate for source devices like CD players, MP3 players, network feeds, etc. Channel 3 has an A/B input select switch where either an unbalanced stereo input or a balanced stereo input may be selected. Channel 4-7 have both an unbalanced -10dBu consumer level input on RCA connectors and a balanced +4dBu level input on an RJ45 connector. A source can be connected to either set of input connectors (not both). The unbalanced inputs are ideal for studios where the sources are located locally in the studio itself. The balanced inputs should be selected if some of these sources (such as a satellite feed) are originated in other studios where the wiring could be long and introduce hum & noise.

PC-USB input Channel - The ARC-8 contains a built-in, Windows compatible, USB sound card on Channel 8B USB connection to a PC. Most Windows compatible audio software can play and record from the console. Digilink-Xtreme (ARC console mode) software comes free with the ARC console. The Digilink-Xtreme software will recognize the ARC-8 console and operate in the ‘free’ ARC mode to provide’Live On Air’ features that are ideal for broadcast, internet, or podcast style radio applications.

Telephone Channel - Channel seven has both an unbalanced -10dBu consumer level input on RCA connectors and a balanced +4dBu level input on an RJ45 connector. A source can be connected to either set of input connectors. Any type of analog source can be used, but if a telephone hybrid is connected as the source to channel 7, then a special mix-minus bus output is provided to feed the external telephone hybrid. The mix-minus bus output to the hybid includes every channel on the Program bus EXCEPT for channel 7 so that there is no feedback to the caller. The mix minus output is a +4dBu balanced signal for connection to professional hybrids.

For off-line (not on air) communication with the caller, a 'Talk' button on channel one is provided. Push the 'Talk' button and the channel one mic will be fed to the caller and the callers audio will be fed to the Cue system. To place the caller on air, just push the red channel on button at the bottom of channel 7.

The telephone system in the ARC-8 does not include hybrid control logic so the telephone system is controlled from the front panel of the hybrid.

Phone Line System

Phone line system. Connect your phone hybrid for a powerful phone system.

Phone Channel - channel 7 is a dedicated telephone channel that easily connects to an external telephone hybrid.

Talkback Cue System - the caller can talk to you through the Cue system while a Talkback button enables the Control Room mic to talk off-line to the caller.

USB Input Channel

USB input channel. Connect to any PC (Windows XP, 7) or MAC for play & record.

Use any software - Use any automation or production software to either play or record.

Playback - play any audio from your PC onto the board and then over the air. Play YouTube clips or any audio from your PC or MAC.

Recording - record audio coming from your board onto your PC or MAC with any production software.

Easy Setup - connect with a simple USB cable.

Start & Stop Automation - with our automation system, you may start & stop the automation system.

RJ45 Connections 

RJ45 Connections. Quick & easy install with RJ45 connections.

World Standard - all IO is world standard RJ45.

Cables Provided - 10 foot cables (connectorized at one end with molded RJ45 connectors) are provided for the balanced inputs. This is en expensive option for most consoles but is standard with the ARC-8.

Quick Setup - as simple as plug and play.

Premade wiring - optional cables are available for common connections such as XLR & RCA. Check the accessories section for more information.


Modern & Timeless - The ARC-8 has a modern low profile & sleek design that is timeless.


110 or 220VAC. Autosensing international power supply.

Autosensing - power supply autosenses between 110 & 220 VAC for domestic or international installations.



Depth - 11.5 inches

Height - 2 inches

Width - 18 inches



BOX #1

Weight - 20 pounds

Depth - 22 inches

Height - 18 inches

Width - 8 inches

*These values may change at any time without notice



ARC-8 Console

Operations Manual

Power Supply (110V / 220V auto-sensing)

USB Cable

Single ended RJ45 balanced audio cable (qty 5)

What we think...

The ARC-8 packs loads of technology into a tiny format and at an unbelievable price. We spent years looking for a sub £1000 mixer that actually offered a viable solution for small scale broadcasters. The ARC-8 is that solution!

Liam Burke - Broadcast Radio





Download The User Guide

Download the ARC-8 User Manual.

External web link - /media/35540/arc8manual.pdf

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